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  • Birthday 12/30/1971

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  1. Public speaking advice

    I like that idea, starting off with how the advice from FOH took the edge off my fear of giving this speech! Thanks all for some lovely ideas. I'm going to keep it simple and mainly thank the appropriate people, bookending with a simple anecdote. Things are complicated somewhat by the very recent death of the subject of the film. I do need to convey the right sense of gravitas. Here's a link to the gig at hand: http://miff.com.au/program/film/miff-closing-night-gala-the-documentary-of-dr-g-yunupingus-life Thanks again FOH. I'll let you know how I go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Any sage advice on this greatly appreciated. I have to give a 4-5 minute speech in front of 1,000 people and I've never done this before. The thought of it fills me with mild terror but it has to be done. The context is the world premiere of a feature-length documentary film I've made at a film festival in Melbourne. I have to introduce the film. The content of what I'm going to say isn't the problem, it's the...fear of public speaking, Glossophobia it's called and I got a bad case of it right here. Any advice most appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Valija Diplomatica

    Wonderful story, thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Always wanted to try a Cohiba Esplendido but haven't gotten around to it yet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Largely depends on mood with me too. Cigars and champagne are very good together. I'm kicking back right now with a RASS and a Guinness and they're going together like peas and carrots! Red wine isn't the best pairing, though I happily combine the two often. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. how to catch a mud crab

    That takes serious stones as anyone who has been bitten by one will testify. Well worth the effort though. A feed of chilli mud crabs is one of the most memorable meals. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. the rarest of steak, anyone?

    How not to dispatch a washed up whale Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Wrapper shortage solution

    In the interests of scientific research, I've already smoked that stogie I'm afraid. I can tell you this - that tiny triangle was covering a tiny nick or hole in the wrapper just before the edge and the end of quite a lumpy vein. By the way, the cigar was just amazing. BBF fresh are just lovely in my opinion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Wrapper shortage solution

    Here's a zoomed in look Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. First cigar out of a lovely new 25 Bolivar Belicosos EIP MAR 17. Here's an innovative means of dealing with the current wrapper shortage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I've always had a love-hate relationship with handwriting. At primary school I remember teachers barking orthodox pen grip into me which felt so unnatural in the hand and correspondingly my handwriting was "chook's foot" as my father called it. Then at secondary school I could hold the pen comfortably for me - imagine a crab holding an icy pole stick - and my handwriting flourished. Like one's signature, handwriting is idiosyncratic and very personal. Receiving a handwritten letter was always very special. I still write freehand a lot to get thoughts out of my head before transferring to a word processor. I use Scrivener, an incredible piece of software. My handwriting certainly has deteriorated. I look at this as an inevitable consequence of technological change. It's hard to lament too much when, say, I have 300 pages of notes in Scrivener and I do a "search for word" and instantaneously there they all are. That would have taken hours scouring through a notebook. Having said that, I remember fondly my father's signature, that beautiful, confident flourish. Every time he wrote a check he'd say "Wood comes from trees, paper comes from wood, but money doesn't grow on trees, though I wish that it would." Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Another yarn from a more relaxed time. Friends of friends were brothers of the other kind of leaf. Late one night after heartily indulging they were driving through a very quiet suburb when they came up to round-about. No one around so they thought they'd get some kicks by driving around the round-about in reverse. Next thing, smash! They're rear-ended by a car going through in the right direction. As it happens, a police car drives into the scene before either driver can get out of their cars. Squad car pulls over, flashing lights. One copper goes to the driver of the other car and he's there for a long time. The other driver gets argumentative so much so that the second copper arrests him. The first coppers eventually walks over go my friends of a friend. "You blokes alright? The fellow in other vehicle is so drunk he swears you were driving around the round about backwards." Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Very interesting post. I think a different part of the brain is activated for these different kinds of decisions. The more life-or-death the situation the more impulsive the response, necessarily so. This is where proper training for those involved in these sorts of scenarios is so crucial - deliberation is minimised when an immediate response is required - and the muscle memory of good training largely takes over. This is instinct and is largely governed by a whopping dump of adrenaline into the bloodstream: fight, flight or freeze. Adrenaline has a half-life of just two minutes, but the ramifications of a decision made under its influence can last forever. One of the peculiar effects of a huge adrenaline input is the clarity of people's actions in that moment. People can do extraordinarily things but have little recollection of it later on. Alternatively, for those situations where more time is available, and a considered response is called for, look for a person who can hold multiple opinions in their mind without feeling their own is under threat. I feel a good decision maker accepts the best idea, irrespective of where it comes from. In this regard I've noticed that women perform much better than men. If you have the luxury of time, an important decision is best made after a good night's sleep. I've made impulsive decisions that have worked out but also many that have failed (and would have benefited from more careful consideration.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I've got to disagree with you. Language changes. You can't stop it, nor try to for futility's sake. Read an Old English manuscript from the 6th or 7th century and see how much sense you can get out of it. Look at the very nature of English: the ultimate mash up of Norse, French, Latin, German, etc. A bitsy language if there ever was one. Word spelling, accepted meanings of words, accepted syntax and grammar, it's all in flux and when it stops, the language ossifies, then dies - like Latin, like Ancient Greek. What you find infuriating, is actually fascinating. It's the lifeblood of a living language. Regional variety keeps its heart strong. Cheers mate Paul Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. On a holiday in Beagle Bay north of Broome in Western Australia. My 2 year old daughter squeals with delight, "Look daddy, snakey!" Western Brown by the looks of it. Goodness me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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